April 18th, 2012
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Jodi and Ethan Metzger had known they were having triplets since their eighth week of pregnancy, but what they did not know was that on Valentine‚Äôs Day they would receive three beautiful gifts from Heaven.
The Metzger triplets were not expected to be born Feb. 14, but Jodi drove herself to her doctor‚Äôs appointment earlier in the day, and within the hour, she was scheduled for a cesarean section to deliver.
‚ÄúThe doctor got things in motion, and he told me to call the babies‚Äô daddy right away,‚ÄĚ said Jodi.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As expected, about the only discussion regarding the wind issue with the Whitley County Board of Commissioners Monday was that there would be no discussion regarding the wind issue; not yet, at least.
Whitley County joint Building and Planning Director Dave Sewell was on hand at Monday‚Äôs meeting to deliver and ‚Äúcertify‚ÄĚ a copy of the proposed ordinance change for zoning, as it pertains to wind energy conversion systems.
Sewell explained that all of the proper and required steps to this point had been taken.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs baseball team continued its winning ways Monday night against county-rival Churubusco, defeating the Eagles 11-3.
Columbia City tallied 12 hits, including a home run by Connor Slavich, triples by Slavich and Derek Lamle and a double by Jordan Bickle.
Columbia City got a 2-0 lead in the first inning and built it to a 6-0 advantage by the top of the third. ‚ÄôBusco got its first run in the fifth inning, but Columbia City retaliated with five more runs to make the score 11-1 going into the bottom of the fifth.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County is currently doing its part to go green. According to Whitley County Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Amber, about a year ago the county applied for and received an energy grant in the amount of $265,000.
The county used the grant at the Whitley County Jail, as well as switch to more energy efficient products for the jail‚Äôs entire heating system.
According to the grant administrator‚Äôs records, the project in the jail saved the county $8,520 in electricity and $18,340 in natural gas compared to the previous year.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Everything sparkled, from the dresses and tuxedos to the sparkling grape juice in the engraved champagne glasses.
It took three limousines and one tour bus to take Passages clients to the Navigators Spring Gala Saturday at Come2Go in downtown Fort Wayne.
The prom-like atmosphere lasted until 10 p.m., with nearly 200 clients of Passages attending. The Navigators are all about empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ More than 1,000 people poured through Indian Middle Springs Saturday at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Business EXPOsed to see what area businesses have to offer.
The EXPO was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the event hosted a long list of vendors and entertainment.
Carrie Hoffman, board member for the chamber, said there were more than 50 booths at this year‚Äôs EXPO, most of them from Whitley County, but others from Allen County.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs one stop shopping,‚ÄĚ said Hoffman. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs hard to go door to door, but here you can go from table to table.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ If there was an emergency during the Whitley County 4-H Fair, how would word get around?
That was the question on each board member‚Äôs mind as they listened to Frank Rhoades, a veteran 4-H director in Kosciusko County. After walking the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds with several board members, Rhoades has come up with an idea on how this county can be safer during the fair.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Columbia City and Whitko competed at the Northrop golf invitational Saturday, against strong Huntington North and East Noble teams.
Out of six teams, the Eagles placed fourth and Whitko came in sixth. Huntington North and East Noble pulled away from the pack with sub 330 scores.
Northrop had a 142, six strokes under Columbia City (348). Wawasee was close behind shooting a 350, and Whitko rounded off the match with a 377.
Huntington North also had the medalist, Jordan Sweet, who shot a 75 on the 18-hole par 71 Colonial Oaks course.
WARSAW ‚ÄĒ The Columbia City Lady Eagles softball team traveled to Warsaw Saturday and came up short in the rain, losing 12-2.
In the bottom of the third, things began to get ugly for the Lady Eagles.
VanHouten walked the first runner. The second bunted for an out but advanced the runner to second.
She struck out the next batter. She then threw an errant pitch which advanced the runner from second to third base.
A second straight offline pitch got the runner home to give Warsaw a 1-0 lead.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs boys golf team had a strong showing at the Carroll Invitational at Autumn Ridge Saturday.
The Eagles placed fourth in the invite that was won by the host Chargers.
Ryan Mayer finished in the top 10, shooting an 82 and tying for 10th place.
Freshman Beau Barkley had a solid round of 84, carding a team low 39 on the front nine.
Finishing out scoring for Churubusco was Parker Conrad, 87; Brad Martin, 89; and Brandon Norris, 95.